kaiser wrote:I'm still happy to take Q's about BU (I'm a rising 2L soon to go through OCI) if you guys are interested.
Well, I have a question. I've heard (read?) that 1L at BU isn't as crazy as it is at other schools, we have fewer classes or something to that effect. Is this true? And if so, would it still be inadvisable to work 20 hr/wk during the year?
1. Yes, BU really tries to ease the 1L's into the grind of law school. They host a ton of social events at the beginning to make sure everyone bonds and gets close in a setting other than the classroom. This includes bar nights, the infamous harbor cruise, etc. And you do indeed have one less class first semester so that you have a bit more time to get comfortable with how law school works without getting overwhelmed. First semester is only 3 core courses in addition to your writing class. It certainly isn't easy, but it gives you some leeway to tinker around with your study schedule and get comfortable with the whole law school thing.
2. It would be highly inadvisable to work 20/hr week during the year. I believe there are ABA guidelines that restrict the number of hours 1L's can work, and I'm sure it is somewhere around 20. 1L takes a HUGE time commitment, and if you are anything like me, you need to keep your mind in the game at all times to really stay focused. I'm sure there are a few select people who could work that much and still do well, but I would imagine it would make it quite difficult. Given how all-important 1L year is, I'd highly recommend not doing it.